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Longtime Friend of UW Law, Jack MacDonald ‘40, Leaves $58 Million to School

Jack MacDonald

Jack MacDonald's '40 $58.8 million gift to UW School of Law is the largest gift in the law school's 115 year history. Jack was a loyal friend and supporter of the University of Washington and the School of Law during his lifetime, and his relationship with the University spanned decades. He regularly attended the School of Law's Golden Alumni Reunion Luncheon, where he enjoyed reconnecting with his classmates and other law school alumni. The law school named room 127 in William H. Gates Hall the Jack R. MacDonald classroom upon completion of the building in 2003, in honor of Jack's commitment to the law school through his estate plans and his support of the building campaign. In addition to the $56.1 million larger trust Jack gifted the School of Law, he directed an additional trust valued at $2.7 million, which will establish the Frederick and Katherine MacDonald Endowed Fund in honor of his parents and will be used for general educational needs of the law school.

Kimberly Eckstein, Assistant Dean for Advancement for the law school, spoke about Jack's legacy and his investment in the future of the UW School of Law. "Jack's gift means the world to us, and we will always remember his loyalty to his alma mater and his generous spirit," said Assistant Dean Eckstein. "Jack's gift to the law school was personal for him; a testament to the value of his education and law degree, and a vote of confidence in the UW School of Law. His personal story and philanthropy are an inspiration to us all."

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Sustainable International Development Program Celebrates 20 Years of Educating Leaders for Social Change

Rice farm

On February 6, UW Law's Sustainable International Development program celebrated its 20 year anniversary with a special program to look back and what was accomplished in its first two decades and also to look forward at where the innovative program is heading. Professor Roy Prosterman , who founded the SID Program, the first graduate program at a U.S. law school to focus on international development law, was honored at the event.

"This program has trained lawyers for the global common good for over 20 years," said Dean Kellye Testy. "It has created amazing practitioners dedicated to solving pressing social problems and improving the wellbeing of people everywhere. Its focus on using law as a tool for justice, for poverty alleviation in developing countries, while also protecting the planet and conserving its resources for future generations is a remarkable achievement."

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Innocence Project Northwest Celebrates 13th Exoneration

Brandon Olebar

Innocence Project Northwest client Brandon Olebar, who served over ten years of a 16 ½ year prison sentence for crimes he did not commit, was freed in December as a result of a unique collaboration between the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) and the Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney. UW Law students began reviewing Mr. Olebar's case in 2011 and approached the Prosecutor's Office in May of 2013 with new evidence. In an editorial, the Seattle Times called the Innocence Project "an extraordinary asset for Washington State and rule of law in our democracy." Additionally, the state of Washington was ranked fourth in the nation for exonerations in 2013, according to the recently released report from the National Registry of Exonerations. The Innocence Project Norhwest represented all seven clients who were exonerated in Washington last year.

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Law, Technology & Arts Group Features Shidler Lecture Series

Shidler faculty

For the second year, the Shidler Lecture Series brought prominent speakers to campus to discuss leading issues in intellectual property law. Judge M. Margaret McKeown presented a lecture in October on the legal and constitutional issues spawned by the popularization of the Internet, and in November, Professor Jane Ginsburg spoke about universal authors' rights and the possibility of a global digital library. The Shidler Lecture Series is named after Roger L. Shidler (UW Law class of 1924), a founder of the law firm Shidler, McBroom, Gates & Lucas (now K&L Gates).

UW Law Welcomes Second Class of Barer Institute Fellows

Barer scholars

As part of the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services, created in 2010 to focus on the multidisciplinary role of law in promoting health, education and economic development, UW Law has welcomed the second class of Barer Fellows to the law school. This year's class is currently earning their LL.M. degrees in Sustainable International Development and includes students from Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines, Uganda and Zimbabwe

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Alumni News

Alumni Admitted Student Outreach Volunteers

Are you pleased with your experience at UW Law? Would you like to be an advocate for the School? Become an Alumni Admitted Student Ambassador! Between February 15 and March 15, reach out to admitted students via email, telephone or letter to answer their questions, share your positive UW Law experiences and assure them that UW Law is the school for them. The admissions office will pair volunteers with prospective students based on survey answers.If you would like to participate, email at your earliest convenience or by January 27, 2014. Be sure to tell them that you are a UW Law alumna/us and that you saw this invitation in eBriefs.

Remembering Justice Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers '69, former Washington State Supreme Court Justice, passed away on December 11, 2013. "Justice Chambers was an inspirational figure in the legal world, as a person, a lawyer and a jurist, and he will be sorely missed," said Dean Kellye Testy. Justice Chambers was first elected to the State Supreme Court in 2000 and was reelected to a second term in 2006. Prior to joining the court, he worked as a trial lawyer for more than 30 years in Seattle. Throughout his career, Justice Chambers was very involved in the legal community, serving as the president of a number of statewide professional organizations, including the Washington State Bar Association.

Alumni Couples: Send Us Your Stories and Photos

Did you meet your partner and fall in love at UW Law? If so, we want to hear about it! Send a photo of the two of you and your story to Beverly Sanders at and we may post it to our social networking pages and on the UW Law alumni page at on Valentine's Day. Submissions may be edited for length.

Thank You, Law Firm Annual Challenge Participants

UW's Law Firm Annual Challenge ("LFAC") wrapped up its seventh year on December 31, and we are thrilled with the results! This year, 68% of our alumni in LFAC-targeted firms and companies across the Puget Sound participated in the Challenge. This marks an increase of last year's 65% participation rate.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winning firms and companies:

We are grateful to our contributing alumni and to our dedicated firm reps who made it possible. Thank you, one and all!

Recent UW Grads Present and Publish Research

2013 graduates of the UW Health Law LL.M. program, David Babaian and Adam Houston, presented papers at the John Marshall 5th Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Symposium. David's topic was "Adopting Pharmacogenomics and Parenting Repurposed Molecules under the Orphan Drug Act: A Cost Dilemma". Adam's presentation focused on "A Scientific Approach to IP: Innovation, Access, and a Forgotten Corner of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Their papers will be published by John Marshall Law in Spring 2014. Also, recent UW Law graduates, Jessica M. Belle and Kayla A. Feld, published an article entitled, "Internet Liability for Gastroenterologists: Select Issues from Social Networking to Doctor Rating Sites" with Andrew D. Feld, M.D., J.D., in the AGA Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal.

Faculty News

UW President Michael Young Delivers First Asian Law Lecture of 2014

President Michael Young

University of Washington President Michael Young, also a member of the faculty at UW Law, delivered a lecture on "Attitudes Towards Law: The Impact of Legal Education and Historical Experience in Japan and China" as part of the Asian Law Lecture Series. President Young has published extensively on a wide range of topics, including international trade law, the Japanese legal system, international environmental law, international human rights, and freedom of religion.

Professor Eric Schnapper Delivers "Most Delightful Supreme Court Argument in History" as Part of Sandifer v. United States Steel

Professor Schnapper

In a much-publicized case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in November, Professor Schnapper argued on behalf of 800 steelworkers who brought suit against their employer, claiming they should be paid for the time it took them to put on and take off their work clothes. The Atlantic called Professor Schnappper's oral argument before the Court, in which he tried to emphasize the distinction between clothing and technology "the most delightful Supreme Court argument in history." Last month, the Court ruled in favor of the employers.

Professor Takenaka Presents on U.S. Intellectual Property Law in Russia

Professor Takenaka

Professor Toshiko Takenaka, Washington Research Foundation/W. Hunter Simpson Professor of Technology Law and Director of CASRIP, and Mrs. Anna Bakhmetyeva, part of the Law, Technology & Arts Group, made a series of presentations on U.S. IP Law in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia, in September, 2013. They visited several Russian government and academic institutions during their trip and presented on topics such as employee inventions, trade secret laws, the America Invents Act and international patent laws.

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Student News

Student Journals Release New Issues

The Washington Law Review (WLR), Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts (WJLTA) and the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (WJELP) have all released new issues.

UW Law Student Caitlyn Evans is learning Inuktitut, Indigenous Language of the Inuit

As part of the University of Washington's FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies), Caitlyn Evans '14, an aspiring environmental lawyer interested in indigenous land rights in the Arctic territories, is learning the Inuit language, spoken by only 35,000 people, nearly all of whom live in tribal communities in Arctic Canada. Mick Mallon, a retired language professor and former Head of the Language Commission in the Inuit territory of Nunavut, conducts semi-private lessons over the Web for Evans, with the help of his wife, Alexina Kublu, an Inuit native.

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